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What We Do

The world is experiencing an unprecedented level of humanitarian need. In 2018 a staggering one hundred and thirty-five million people were in need of humanitarian assistance -that’s four people every second (State of the Humanitarian System Report, 2018). Emergencies such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks and conflict can hit at any time – and they’re increasingly frequent, complex and severe.

The UN is recording a climate crisis disaster every week. In 2018 alone, one hundred disease outbreaks were declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Long wars and failed states have led to protracted crises and the displacement of people and children from their homes, often being forced to live in camps. The people affected are often the world’s poorest and most vulnerable and the health problems they experience following an emergency are long-lasting. We believe that they deserve the highest quality emergency healthcare. Yet there is a global shortage of healthcare workers able to provide that care (WHO). We train experienced doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives and other health professionals to respond to emergencies around the world and work with local emergency teams to build their resilience to future threats. When disasters hit, we believe in a world prepared to help.

Our key areas of work address the following three issues:

There are only a small number of international agencies and WHO verified Emergency Medical Teams capable of responding globally, at speed and scale, to spikes in need.

The health professionals based in a country affected by a disaster are First response and continued support is most effective when provided by health professionals based within the country affected. However significant investment in training for staff and preparedness worldwide is required to achieve this.

There are not enough trained medical and coordination staff globally as there are challenges recruiting, retaining and training the numbers required to meet growing need. The sector lacks consistency and consensus on training and accreditation for international health professionals.